Aster plans major expansion with more hospitals, other facilities
January 01 2020 09:17 PM
An aerial view of Aster Medcity Kochi, Kerala
An aerial view of Aster Medcity Kochi, Kerala, India

Aster DM Healthcare Group, which has a substantial presence in Qatar, is set for expanding its services by opening new hospitals and other healthcare centres in India and the GCC region.
“Aster DM Healthcare Group currently operates a total of 374 healthcare facilities across eight countries with 25 hospitals, 111 clinics, 238 pharmacies. We are planning to expand with more facilities in India as well as in other countries,” Dr Harish Pillai, CEO, Aster India told Gulf Times at a recent media visit to India.

One of the Aster Homes, handed over by Aster Volunteers

“The new hospitals that are coming up in India are, Aster Whitefield - Bengaluru (350 beds), Aster KLE Hospital - Bengaluru (600 beds), Aster Hospital - Chennai (500 beds) and Aster Capital, Thiruvananthapuram (750 beds). We have also got expansion plans for Aster Aadhar Hospital, Kolhapur with an additional 60 beds,” explained Dr Pillai.
According to the official, Aster has started, Aster Innovations and Research Centre in GCC region and India. The group also plans to begin diagnostic services in India with a ‘Referral Lab’ to be set up in Bengaluru. In the first phase, 40 diagnostic centres will be started in Karnataka and Kerala. Aster is also planning to come with more facilities in the GCC countries as well as expansion of the existing facilities.
Meanwhile, there are also plans to expand the facilities of the group’s flagship project, Aster Medcity in Kochi, Kerala.
Set in a 40-acre waterfront campus in Kochi, Kerala, Aster Medcity is a 670-bed JCI (Joint Commission International) NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers, India) accredited Quaternary care facility with one Multi-specialty Hospital and ten dedicated Centres of Excellence.

Jelson A Kavalakkat, CEO, Aster Medcity

“One of the most technologically advanced healthcare destinations in India, Aster Medcity combines the best of talent and technology to provide personalised, holistic medical care with a multidisciplinary approach. Established in 2014, Aster Medcity is the first hospital in India to win all relevant accreditation and quality certifications within one year of opening its doors,” said Jelson A Kavalakkat, CEO, Aster Medcity.
According to the official, Aster Medcity can be accessed through land, water and air. There is a dedicated helipad. The hospital will add about 250 more rooms, a five-star hotel during its next phase of expansion. Presently, it has ten dedicated Centres of Excellence: Cardiac Sciences, Neurosciences, Orthopaedics & Rheumatology, Nephrology & Urology, Oncology, Women’s Health, Child & Adolescent Health, Gastroenterology & Integrated Liver Care, Multi-Organ Transplant and Minimal Access Robotic Surgery.
“One of India’s most technologically advanced healthcare facilities, Aster Medcity offers a comprehensive range of medical technology to facilitate accurate diagnosis, effective treatment and unmatched patient safety. Medcity is the first-in-the-world to perform a simultaneous live-donor liver and kidney transplant on a 20-month old baby weighing just 7kg. It is the first-in-the-world simultaneous liver transplants on one-year-old identical twins who suffered liver failure due to accidental poisoning. The hospital is the third-in-the-world to perform robotic trans-vaginal renal transplant surgery as well as the first robotic kidney tumour removal in India,” explained Kavalakkat.
Aster Volunteers, the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm of the group, has been in the forefront offering financial aid, community empowerment and providing initiatives in developing skills through training for the weaker sections of the society. It provides financial assistance and subsidised treatment for the economically weaker sections of the society as well as facilities for bank loans without interest.
As part of its CSR activities, Aster has been helping the people who were affected by a devastating flood in 2018 in Kerala by constructing 250 houses. Over 100 of such houses have been constructed and handed over and the rest are getting completed.

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